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Lift IOWA – Women In The News: 11-11-19



A new scholarship at Iowa State University aims to help women launch successful careers in the dairy industry. Des Moines Business Record

Collins Aerospace has committed $3.6 million over the next three years to FIRST, a global youth nonprofit advancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Corridor Business Journal

The “risk-taker” personality is central to the success of most entrepreneurs, and it’s key to Mary Sundblad, the owner of Stuff Etc., the retail consignment store chain based in Iowa City. Corridor Business Journal

Lacey Huisman and Michele Johnson are flipping the script for rural retail with Petunias & Pixie Dust, an online boutique and pop-up store based in Osage. Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

For Katie Adams, the decision to start her Cedar Rapids-based company that makes and sells handcrafted soap and bath and body products was personal. Cedar Rapids Gazette


Paid family leave policies are often touted as a way to fix the nation’s gender pay gap. But in a new study, economists have found little evidence of this. The Washington Post

Sen. Kamala Harris introduced legislation in Congress that seeks to solve a frustrating problem: the mismatch between school day hours and the hours kept by working parents. Mother Jones

When the winners were announced at this year’s Broadcom MASTERS Competition, America’s premiere science and engineering competition for middle school students, the stage looked a little different than previous years — for the first time ever, all of the top prize winners were girls. A Mighty Girl

Only 9% of male board directors support mandates — like California’s recent law — governing the gender makeup of boards of directors, according to a recent PwC survey. Forty-six percent of female directors support those quotas — as did panelists at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C. Fortune

Carta has posted its second annual report on who holds startup equity, which reveals that women—both founders and employees—control far less equity than their male counterparts. TableStakes.com

Goldman Sachs will now offer 20 weeks of paid parental leave to its employees, upping the standard on Wall Street from the 16 weeks offered by most banks. Bloomberg

Another serious problem at WeWork: pregnancy discrimination. Former CEO Adam Neumann is personally accused of discriminating against his chief of staff, Medina Bardhi, when she became pregnant. The New York Times

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